Best-selling journalist Antony Loewenstein trav­els across Afghanistan, Pakistan, Haiti, Papua New Guinea, the United States, Britain, Greece, and Australia to witness the reality of disaster capitalism. He discovers how companies such as G4S, Serco, and Halliburton cash in on or­ganized misery in a hidden world of privatized detention centers, militarized private security, aid profiteering, and destructive mining.

Disaster has become big business. Talking to immigrants stuck in limbo in Britain or visiting immigration centers in America, Loewenstein maps the secret networks formed to help cor­porations bleed what profits they can from economic crisis. He debates with Western contractors in Afghanistan, meets the locals in post-earthquake Haiti, and in Greece finds a country at the mercy of vulture profiteers. In Papua New Guinea, he sees a local commu­nity forced to rebel against predatory resource companies and NGOs.

What emerges through Loewenstein’s re­porting is a dark history of multinational corpo­rations that, with the aid of media and political elites, have grown more powerful than national governments. In the twenty-first century, the vulnerable have become the world’s most valu­able commodity. Disaster Capitalism is published by Verso in 2015 and in paperback in January 2017.

Profits_of_doom_cover_350Vulture capitalism has seen the corporation become more powerful than the state, and yet its work is often done by stealth, supported by political and media elites. The result is privatised wars and outsourced detention centres, mining companies pillaging precious land in developing countries and struggling nations invaded by NGOs and the corporate dollar. Best-selling journalist Antony Loewenstein travels to Afghanistan, Pakistan, Haiti, Papua New Guinea and across Australia to witness the reality of this largely hidden world of privatised detention centres, outsourced aid, destructive resource wars and militarized private security. Who is involved and why? Can it be stopped? What are the alternatives in a globalised world? Profits of Doom, published in 2013 and released in an updated edition in 2014, challenges the fundamentals of our unsustainable way of life and the money-making imperatives driving it. It is released in an updated edition in 2014.
forgodssakecover Four Australian thinkers come together to ask and answer the big questions, such as: What is the nature of the universe? Doesn't religion cause most of the conflict in the world? And Where do we find hope?   We are introduced to different belief systems – Judaism, Christianity, Islam – and to the argument that atheism, like organised religion, has its own compelling logic. And we gain insight into the life events that led each author to their current position.   Jane Caro flirted briefly with spiritual belief, inspired by 19th century literary heroines such as Elizabeth Gaskell and the Bronte sisters. Antony Loewenstein is proudly culturally, yet unconventionally, Jewish. Simon Smart is firmly and resolutely a Christian, but one who has had some of his most profound spiritual moments while surfing. Rachel Woodlock grew up in the alternative embrace of Baha'i belief but became entranced by its older parent religion, Islam.   Provocative, informative and passionately argued, For God's Sakepublished in 2013, encourages us to accept religious differences, but to also challenge more vigorously the beliefs that create discord.  
After Zionism, published in 2012 and 2013 with co-editor Ahmed Moor, brings together some of the world s leading thinkers on the Middle East question to dissect the century-long conflict between Zionism and the Palestinians, and to explore possible forms of a one-state solution. Time has run out for the two-state solution because of the unending and permanent Jewish colonization of Palestinian land. Although deep mistrust exists on both sides of the conflict, growing numbers of Palestinians and Israelis, Jews and Arabs are working together to forge a different, unified future. Progressive and realist ideas are at last gaining a foothold in the discourse, while those influenced by the colonial era have been discredited or abandoned. Whatever the political solution may be, Palestinian and Israeli lives are intertwined, enmeshed, irrevocably. This daring and timely collection includes essays by Omar Barghouti, Jonathan Cook, Joseph Dana, Jeremiah Haber, Jeff Halper, Ghada Karmi, Antony Loewenstein, Saree Makdisi, John Mearsheimer, Ahmed Moor, Ilan Pappe, Sara Roy and Phil Weiss.
The 2008 financial crisis opened the door for a bold, progressive social movement. But despite widespread revulsion at economic inequity and political opportunism, after the crash very little has changed. Has the Left failed? What agenda should progressives pursue? And what alternatives do they dare to imagine? Left Turn, published by Melbourne University Press in 2012 and co-edited with Jeff Sparrow, is aimed at the many Australians disillusioned with the political process. It includes passionate and challenging contributions by a diverse range of writers, thinkers and politicians, from Larissa Berendht and Christos Tsiolkas to Guy Rundle and Lee Rhiannon. These essays offer perspectives largely excluded from the mainstream. They offer possibilities for resistance and for a renewed struggle for change.
The Blogging Revolution, released by Melbourne University Press in 2008, is a colourful and revelatory account of bloggers around the globe why live and write under repressive regimes - many of them risking their lives in doing so. Antony Loewenstein's travels take him to private parties in Iran and Egypt, internet cafes in Saudi Arabia and Damascus, to the homes of Cuban dissidents and into newspaper offices in Beijing, where he discovers the ways in which the internet is threatening the ruld of governments. Through first-hand investigations, he reveals the complicity of Western multinationals in assisting the restriction of information in these countries and how bloggers are leading the charge for change. The blogging revolution is a superb examination about the nature of repression in the twenty-first century and the power of brave individuals to overcome it. It was released in an updated edition in 2011, post the Arab revolutions, and an updated Indian print version in 2011.
The best-selling book on the Israel/Palestine conflict, My Israel Question - on Jewish identity, the Zionist lobby, reporting from Palestine and future Middle East directions - was released by Melbourne University Press in 2006. A new, updated edition was released in 2007 (and reprinted again in 2008). The book was short-listed for the 2007 NSW Premier's Literary Award. Another fully updated, third edition was published in 2009. It was released in all e-book formats in 2011. An updated and translated edition was published in Arabic in 2012.

Tom’s new plan (much better than the last one?)

If America wonders why it is increasingly hated around the world, readers should note the introductory paragraph of New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman’s latest feature for the paper’s Sunday magazine:

One day Iraq, our post-9/11 trauma and the divisiveness of the Bush years will all be behind us — and America will need, and want, to get its groove back. We will need to find a way to reknit America at home, reconnect America abroad and restore America to its natural place in the global order — as the beacon of progress, hope and inspiration. I have an idea how. It’s called “green.”

The arrogance of the sentiment is staggering. If one can forget that Friedman was a leading cheerleader of the Iraq war, he clearly wants to move onto his new global plan for “liberation”: the green movement. To the extent that global warning is a serious issue that needs global solutions, he’s right. But if he expects us to ignore his consistent ability to misunderstand the limits of American power, he’s seriously wrong.

America is indeed a beacon for many citizens around the world, but it’ll take more than “greening” to make people forget the catastrophic failures in Iraq, support for despotic nations around the world, one-sided wet kisses towards Israel and unhealthy use of defense contractors (analysed in the recently released best-seller, Blackwater.)

Friedman needs to accept the fact that America’s role as the world’s sole superpower is coming to a close. And it’s not a moment too soon.

9 comments ↪
  • gandhi

    The world would be a better place if the USA stopped trying so hard to be a "beacon of progress, hope and inspiration" and just tried to fix its own rather obvious political, social and economic problems.

    PS "inability to misunderstand" is a double negative.

  • viva peace

    gandhi

    Be careful what you wish for. If the US decided to raise its drawbridge and leave the rest of the world to its own devives, we would be stuck with Muslim fascists and Chinese screwing us all.

  • Marilyn

    viva peace

    there is no such thing as a muslim facist as you so politely call ordinary muslims who don't want us continually invading and occupying their lands, murdering their people and stealing the resources.

    As for the Chinese – mate they have screwed us into the ground so far already with trade that we will be digging our way out through the smog we sell them for decades to come.

  • Ajay

    Well, the US has at least a decade long task to rebuild its Economy, Its Ethical/Moral and Political / Social systems and its whole social structure.
    All the good intent in the world is meaningless for a nation that has squandered the greatest goodwill & capital accumulation at the end of WWII to now be the worlds greatest debtor nation and international Pariah.

    Surely a nation that cannot keep its own house in order fiscally or in any other sense, has no basis to lead the world anywhere except into chaos and turmoil.

    Israels leaders and their supporters may want this to happen, hopefully the rest of the world can frustrate their best efforts.

    The Anglo-Amreican / Israeli merchantilist consensus is the greatest threat that faces our world – not Islam or China

    The reality of the 21st century is that China/Russia/India will form to real core of capital (Wealth) and therefore power. The only issue is how rapidly that transition will be and will Europe choose to go with the strength or destroy its wealth supporting a bankrupt US. For Australia, how do we refocus our relationships to deal with this emerging reality

    America chose to destroy "communism" and in the process has destroyed itself – we should take this lesson and allow the US like Russia to "Go Home" and get its house in order. We had Communist Militarism vs Capitalist Militarism – we have been left with Capitalist Militarism, not true Democracy, liberalism or free markets – these are illusions. Its time we faced reality

  • viva peace

    Marilyn

    Oh good god. First I have to give you a History lesson, and now a political science tutorial!

    there is no such thing as a muslim facist

    Please, you silly woman.

  • ej

    VP

    to repeat, there is no such thing as a muslim fascist. Fascism has been a much borrowed and abused label.

    As noted before you are a cretin. Shocking that you combine such self-confidence in your deluded ignorance.

    But how else could one sustain an essential inhumanity and amorality fed by an untenable support of barbarous Israel.

    I note in passing that Holocaust victims are getting the bum's rush in G-d's own country
    http://www.lemonde.fr/web/article/0,1-0@2-3218,36….
    Not enough room and resources for real estate spivs and Russian thugs, and now Indians of an obscure Christian sect! http://www.mikemarqusee.com/index.php?p=240
    If it weren't such a tragedy for Palestinians the whole thing would be laughable as high farce.

  • viva peace
  • viva peace

    ej

    Human societies have endured conflicts with each since the dawn of time. The Palestinian issue is not even a footnote of history. The REAL issue is why are all you Australian Socialist atheists so obssessed with it?

    Also ej, I think you would benefit immensely by enrolling in some decent university History courses. You seem very ignorany. Yet very sanctimonious at the same time.

    Tell me what/who you have read so far and I will guide you further.

  • Andre

    The REAL issue is why are all you Australian Socialist atheists so obssessed with it?

    Simple really. It is the longest lasting and most important peace issue of our time. if it weren't such a big deal, why have you invested so much time researching it?

    Tell me what/who you have read so far and I will guide you further.

    That would be like a kid taking advice from a stranger.